Bowers & Wilkins already has a flagship loudspeaker line with its 800 Series Diamond models, but the company is introducing a gem of a new speaker for its CM Series that borrows some technology from the renowned 800’s.
The CM10 is due in August, and if you’re familiar with the 800 Series Diamonds you’ll notice that the top of the CM10 bears a likeness. The same isolated tweeter-on-top configuration is employed in the CM10 ($4,000/pair), which B&W says helps deliver better dispersion and imaging to its sonic signature.
It’s not merely replicated from the 800’s, though, as B&W presents the tweeter in a tweaked housing for the CM10, noting that “the edge of the aluminum dome is strengthened using a second aluminum layer that replicates the main dome’s profile with the center part cut out, giving a new ‘double-dome’ design.” B&W says that the double-dome helps push the first break-up frequency up to 38kHz, from its previous 30kHz.
B&W says that moving the tweeter to the top, as well as relocating the FST midrange driver and adding some depth to the cabinet, allowed for more volume to add a third bass driver to deliver some bigger impact than the similar-size CM9 model, which contains two bass drivers.
The FST midrange drive unit, which was shifted closer to the top of the speaker, also borrows from the 800 Series Diamond in that it’s secured in place by a drawbar mechanism. B&W adds that the CM10’s Kevlar FST driver is the first in the CM Series to be decoupled from the rest of the cabinet.
Overall, with the increased bass and tweaked midrange, the CM10 features greater sensitivity and lower tuning, according to B&W, resulting in less distortion and higher peak output levels.
You’ll be able to find the CM10 in black gloss, rosenut or wenge cabinet finishes (shown in that order below).
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